How to Use Final Cut Pro Workflow

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This is what you need to know to start working with Final Cut Pro.


  1. Open Final Cut Pro.
    • Option 1: If Final Cut is on your dock, move your mouse (cursor) to your dock, locate Final Cut, and then click it.
    • Option 2: Go to your Hard Drive click applications. Next go to the Final Cut Pro application.
    • Option 3: Hold the command key and press the space bar once; then type "Final Cut Pro". You should then see the Final Cut Pro application. Proceed to click the Icon.
  2. If you do not have your camera/deck already attached via USB or FireWire (400/800) and turned on, a message will appear, saying that your camera/deck was not detected. Just click continue. If you had your camera/deck plugged in and turned on you may need to do some troubleshooting.
  3. Set your Scratch Disc.
  4. Now that your program is open, look at the top left area of the program to find "Final Cut Pro". Click that text, and a drop-down menu will open; now locate and highlight "System Settings". After you have done this, a window will pop up. You should see two columns with one button in each (Clear, and Set). Click Set and locate where you would like Final Cut Pro to save your render files.
  5. Create a New Project by going to File New (Shift+apple+N).
  1. Make sure that your camera is off or you may burn out the port to either your computer or your camera. Then plug it in. (Normal Port is a FireWire 400 or 800 slot.)
  2. Capture logging (Cmd+8).
  3. To Log and Capture after your camera is plugged in, go to File and find Log and Capture (Apple+8). After that, make sure that your camera is playing the video you recorded, and you should see it on the screen playing more slowly. It is okay. It is just capturing all the frames; it will always look a little choppier on a computer because computers and TVs do not have the same refresh rate.
  4. Edit your video.
  5. Now that you have imported your footage, make sure that it appears in the left hand box.
  6. Consider exporting your video.


  • Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • B - Cut Tool
    • J - Watch Timeline in Rever
    • K - Stop Watching Timeline
    • L - Play/Fast forward (if tapped multiple times)) Watching Timeline
  • Save often (apple+S)!
  • Most people use an External Hard Drive if the machine they are using does not belong to them.*
  • If you do not see a left hand box, press and hold Alt+U. The program layout should then restore itself to the default style of windows.


  • Back up your project.

Things You Will Need

  • Apple Computer that can run Final Cut
  • Final Cut Pro/Express/Suite
  • Mouse and Keyboard
  • Video Camera
  • Footage to edit

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